The Christian Heritage Centre

Marriage Preparation 2023

One-day & Weekend courses

Preparing you for marriage in the Catholic Church

“It is necessary to make preparatory programmes for the Sacrament of Marriage ever more effective, not only for human growth, but above all for the faith of the engaged couples. The fundamental objective of this encounter is to help engaged couples realise a progressive integration into the mystery of Christ, in the Church and with the Church.” (Pope Francis, Address to the Tribunal of the Roman Rota, 21 January 2017)

About CHC Marriage Preparation courses

Our courses meet the requirements for preparation for the Sacrament of Marriage in the Catholic Church.

They have been specifically designed to offer couples a presentation of fundamental, underlying themes as well as of the Sacrament of Marriage itself, according to the theological vision of the Catholic Church. Intrinsic to this presentation is an emphasis on personal integrity and honest communication as a couple, founded on the primary relationship with God.

Our Director, Stefan Kaminski, gained a licentiate at the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies in Marriage and Family Life, the Church’s only institute dedicated to this area. He is supported by his wife, Eleonora, who is similarly qualified, and a team of couples who are experienced in delivering marriage preparation as well as in marriage itself!

Our events take place at Theodore House, set on the stunning Stonyhurst estate in the Ribble Valley.

One-day course

Dates to be announced in September 2023

Our one-day course packs in all the fundamental themes necessary to providing couples with a clear overview of the beautiful vision for marriage offered by the Catholic Church.
Central to this is the Gospel message and the individual call to respond to God’s love, and the role of marriage in serving as an icon of God’s Covenant with His People.
The nature of the Sacrament of Marriage is closely examined through the promises that couples will make during the wedding ceremony.
Time for discussion in small groups with a plenary Q&A session and a worksheet of questions will provide couples with important points for reflection as they approach their wedding.
The cost of the day includes a buffet lunch and refreshments.
Marriage preparation

£60 per person / £120 per couple

Weekend course (residential)

Dates to be announced in September 2023

Our weekend course is a fantastic opportunity to engage more deeply, individually and as a couple, with the Catholic vision of marriage. Allowing a greater space and time to reflect, it will offer each couple much to consider in the lead up to and into their marriage.

The weekend is fully-catered, with a framework of prayer, input, discussion and social time to allow for a rich experience and meditation on the Sacrament of Matrimony.

The weekend is divided into three main themes, with two sessions per theme:

Theme 1 – Love: God & Creation / Communication & Communion

Theme 2 – Marriage: The Covenant / The Language of the Body

Theme 3 – Fruitfulness: The Creative Nature of Love / Fertility Care

Please note:

  • The cost of the weekend includes all meals and non-alcoholic refreshments (alcoholic beverages will be available to purchase).
  • Participants will be assigned a single, en-suite room each. Integral to the course is an independent and honest examination of oneself and one’s commitment before God, and the personal space that is required to enable this. By booking onto this course, participants agree to respect the condition of one person per room.
Marriage preparation

£220 per person / £440 per couple

Arrivals for 6pm on Friday

Departures from 4pm on Sunday

Subsidies may be available for couples wishing to join this course, who are unable to pay the full cost. Please contact